Translations are one of the four transformations in which a shape is mapped to new position under a given vector (or directions). Mysteries are a thinking skills activity, they promote collaboration and independence from the teacher. They are perfect to use at the end of a topic, requiring pupils to use the skills in a problem solving and often real life problem.
This download includes a starter activity and the main translation mystery activity.
The starter is aimed at introducing/recapping translations through 10 quick fire questions on describing translations. Pupils can answer on mini whiteboards; use discussion to introduce and model that the movement left/right should be given first, followed by the movement up/down.
The main activity “Translation mystery” is differentiated to two levels, Amber and green. In both set of cards pupils need to use the clues to plot and translate shapes; level 1 uses words e.g. “left right” where as the second level uses vectors.
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